The Simplest Syrup

Simple syrups are just that- simple.. yet they’re so wonderful! Why not make some fancy simple syrup for gifting? Better yet, why not bring one of your homemade syrups to a holiday shindig, wow your friends with one of these fabulous cocktails and leave them the bottle so they can spread the syrupy love?!?

Ginger syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-cup fresh rough chopped ginger

Place ginger in a saucepan with 2 cups water and bring to a boil, turn off the heat and whisk in 2 cups sugar. Once sugar is dissolved, blend the mixture then fine strain twice. Place in a container and cool.

Gingerly tangerine

Makes 1 cocktail

  • 1 oz ginger simple syrup
  • 2 oz good gin
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz fresh tangerine juice

In a shaker add ½ oz of fresh tangerine juice and 2 oz gin. Muddle peach. Add 1 oz ginger syrup and ½ oz lime juice and top with a scoop of ice. Shake, and then strain into a glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Vanilla bean syrup

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 whole vanilla beans

Heat water and sugar over medium high temp until sugar dissolves. Slice vanilla beans in half and add to sugar water mixture. Turn off heat and, place in a container, then refrigerate for 24 hrs.

Chicory kicker

with hand whipped cream

  • 3 oz. chicory coffee (or your favorite espresso) brewed and chilled with a dash of heavy cream
  • 2 oz good dark rum
  • 1 oz vanilla bean syrup
  • 1 dollop of hand whipped cream
  • 1 piece of dark chocolate for garnish

For hand whipped cream

  • 1-cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Chill a stainless steel mixing bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes. Then add the cream and sugar to the bowl and whisk until smooth… this might take a little bit, but don’t over mix or you’ll have butter.

In a shaker, add 3 oz of chilled coffee, 2 oz dark rum and one scoop of ice. Shake then strain over ice into a chilled glass.  Add a dollop of hand whipped cream. Using a microplane, grate chocolate on top to garnish.

Rosemary syrup

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 large sprigs of rosemary

Heat water and sugar on a medium high temp until sugar dissolves.

Bruise rosemary, add to sugar water mixture and remove from heat.  Place in container and let sit for 24 hrs for best taste.

Rosemary lemonade

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (roughly 4 lemons) Tis the season in Florida!
  • 2 oz rosemary syrup
  • ½ cup seltzer water

Place ½ cup fresh lemon juice and 2 oz rosemary syrup to a glass, add a scoop of ice. Mix with a sprig of rosemary and leave in the glass as garnish and top off with seltzer water (and a little booze if you like).  Add a fresh lemon wheel.

Photos by Penny & Finn

We wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!


Robyn and Jarrid